The Best Man, Part I (Ben)

Dearest Joce,

I’m really honestly sorry that I didn’t write sooner. There’s just a lot of shit happening up here on my end. Well, Joce, I miss ya, I really do.

I have so much to say, but I don’t know where to start. Anyway, I’m sitting here listening to 10,000 Maniacs, thinkin’ about you. I got your letter and package yesterday. You are a goddess! Words could not convey how much I love you! Thank you! I never get any mail so at the sight of your letter and package, I practically went berserk. I am the envy of all my friends.

My life up here seems to be going 200 mph. I’m always on the run or asleep, and it’s hard to find time for myself. I talked to Kristie last night and it was kind of a sullen conversation. I think we’ve changed too much while we were apart, so we’re almost strangers it seems. Kind of sad, I guess, when you realize your first love is gone for good. Oh, well, there will be others. Right, Joce? You better say yes. I still don’t know what you should do about Avery, just don’t let him jack you around, do what you want to do. You’ll settle down with some nice guy sometime, don’t try to rush it.

I don’t think that too much else is going on over here. The sunsets are beautiful because of all the fires and stuff.

Well, I’m gonna get movin. Lotsa BS to tend to. I’ll call you B4 I come home (or you can call me) soon. If you think of me, I will come.

Love, your dearest, damn good friend and confidant,